Another cherished science fiction movie is heading in for a makeover. The popular Arnold Schwarzenegger Mars movie we all know as Total Recall is being remade at Columbia Pictures with producer Neil H. Moritz in final negotiations to help bring the project to life.
The original movie followed Schwarzenegger’s character as he jumped between dream and reality after he sets off on a virtual vacation to Mars, even though he was warned of the possible negative effects. He eventually finds out that his brain had already been messed with and his whole life was fake. This sends him off to Mars for real to try and find out the truth about who he was, and to fight an evil dictator of sorts who controls the low air flow of a city filled with poor, deformed mutant folk.
Seeing this movie for the first time as a child… on Thanksgiving — I was pretty much scarred for life. There is, however, no denying the brilliance in how director Paul Verhoeven handled the racy, dark (er, red) world with a severely scary underbelly. Along with Robocop (also being remade), you just do not see it done like this anymore. A true shame.
Moritz has produced many, many movies, including the Fast and Furious movies, the xXx movies, S.W.A.T., Stealth, Torque, and up and comers such as Spy Hunter and The Green Hornet. I’m not sure how this makes me feel, but I’m leaning towards sad.
The one really cruel irony here, is that Neil H. Moritz will be creating the movie through his banner which is perfectly named: Original Films. Ouch.